Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmastime is here

The solstice has passed, and the daylight hours will increase again...hooray! The unhovel is getting festive...we are so glad to be back for our first Christmas. Dan and I got our tree at Liberty Christmas Tree Farm the first Saturday in December, after hitting the Mrs. Grossman's sticker factory warehouse sale. (It was awesome.) The Turkish fir is seven feet tall, maybe a bit too big for our little abode...but it was such a lovely tree, we just had to get it.

Our tree
Gus Jr. under the tree

I got Dan a Lego advent calendar, and it has been fun seeing the new piece to assemble each day...

Lego Advent calendar
Advent with Legos

I hosted another Sweet 'n Knit...only four years later! We had many delectable treats and even did some knitting, but I forgot to photograph any of it...peppermint bark, almond toffee, date balls, gingerbread cupcakes and cookies galore! There were also party favors...red and green pom-poms and silly Christmas stickers.

Last weekend the Chous and Los came over for a holiday brunch, and I filled Christmas crackers with chocolates for party favors. We read the silly jokes and put on the crowns, but alas no photos of the silliness. We had gingerbread waffles and baked ginger apple pancake...with bacon and sausage, of course!

Holiday brunch table
Holiday brunch table

Dan and I also visited with Santa! He was at Tom & Jerry's Christmas extravaganza, which I saw for the first time, despite living in the city for nearly ten years. It was quite spectacular.

Tom & Jerry's Christmas extravaganza
Tom & Jerry's

Santa
Santa

I also managed to make a bonnet for Georgia. Since Arrow just had a bath, I thought the beagle should try it on first.

Arrow in a bonnet
My what big eyes you have

And carolers just stopped outside our house tonight! They sang "Up on the Rooftop" for us, with guitar, bells, and a few woofs. Merry Christmas!